Episode 17

A Favor For A Friend

Fritz and court reporter Hannah dissect the special testimony of leading Syrian opposition figure Riad Seif, the man who vouched for Anwar R. to get asylum in Germany. The country that is now prosecuting him for crimes against humanity. Also, two survivors of Branch 251 who are civil parties in the case testified, Wassim Mukdad and Hussein Ghrer. How did their testimonies go? And what can we say more generally about how our expectations from the beginning of the trial compare to our observations so far?

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Additional information on the topics discussed in the episode:


Hannah el-Hitami on twitter: @hannahel711


Hannah’s article on the testimony by Mr. Seif: https://www.justiceinfo.net/en/tribunals/national-tribunals/45215-the-man-who-brought-raslan-to-germany.html 


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Syrian Atrocity Crimes on Trial

About your hosts

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Fritz Streiff

Fritz is a strategic human rights lawyer with a focus on investigations and case-building in the fields of atrocity crimes and anti-corruption. International justice is his big passion. Though podcasts follow pretty closely. He is currently based in Paris, France.

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Pauline Peek

Pauline Peek is a research assistant, production assistant and history student who also happens to possess a bachelor’s degree in singing. Originally from the Netherlands, she is currently based in Berlin, Germany.